Best Big Island Luau, Hawaii
Big Island luau is a must see when you are looking for an exciting experience that includes great Polynesian cuisine, storytelling, Hula dancing and learning more about the culture of Hawaii. You will be thrilled with the options you have which range from the Haleo Luau on the Big Island at the Sheraton Keahou Resort to the Gatherings of the Kings at the Fairmont Orchid to the Legends of the Pacific Luau at the Kamehameha Court to the Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau and you can even add-on a submarine ride with the Royal Kona Resort Luau. Luaus boast great choreographed Hula dancing which is accompanied by fire dancers and authentic Polynesian music. The Polynesian cuisine is fabulous with favorites like Kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon and chicken long rice. No matter where you are located on the Big Island there is a perfect luau that your family will be thrilled to watch.
Kona Submarine Adventure and Royal Kona Resort Luau
The best way to explore the Island is to start with a Big Island Luau tour that offers two fabulous attractions in one! This tour starts off by taking you underwater in a submarine to discover the beauty of the coral reef and see exotic marine life. Relax in the comfort of the plush seats in this air-conditioned vessel and enjoy the view. Your guide will tell you all about the amazing sights you are seeing. Back on land, you will travel to the Royal Kona Resort where a colorful and vibrant party awaits. This Polynesian luau takes place in the Coconut Grove and you will be treated like royalty, Hawaiian style! A traditional shell lei greeting starts off the evening, followed by lighting of fire torches and an Imu Ceremony. Enjoy the delectable eats at the Polynesian buffet washed down by a cocktail or two from the open bar. Then sit back and relax as the enchanting music and rhythmic dancers entertain you well into the night.
Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island
Island Breeze Luau is the most exotic Big Island Luau that will get you right into the mood of the Hawaiian vibe. Fun, colorful and vibrant, you will soon be dancing to the beat of drums with a lei, or necklace of shells and flowers around your neck. The event takes place near the historic Kamakahonu Bay and AhuÕena. The event starts with the symbolic arrival of King Kamehameha, signalled by a Court Conch Herald and a Court Chanter. Then settle down in the royal grounds and be awed by Maori war dances and astounding Samoan fire and knife dancers. Learn how to do the Hula and take part in a colorful dance routine. When you need a break, dinner awaits! A breathtaking buffet of traditional Polynesian delights will tempt your taste buds and an open bar serves exotic cocktails all night long. The setting is straight out of a movie scene with a night sky full of sparkling stars, boats passing by and the twinkling lights of Kona in the distance.
Haleo Luau on the Big Island
If you want to celebrate in traditional Hawaiian style, the next Big Island Luau we recommend is the fabulous Haleo Luau. Set off to the Sheraton Keauhou Resort where you will be greeted with a shell lei and seated in the beautiful landscaped gardens. Sip your exotic cocktail and soak up the view over the beach and the turquoise ocean. Dinner is a massive buffet where you will be spoiled for choice with mouth watering Hawaiian style meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Try some ahi poke, pineapple-soy glazed beef or some classic salted fish. End off with a delectable Kona coffee chocolate cake. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Watch a traditional Hula dance and a wild fire dance. Listen to Island tales of the birth and death of kings and battles fought. Get a taste of island culture and history and hear amazing surfing stories from He'eia Bay. This luau lasts for 3.5 hours, departs from and returns to the Sheraton Keauhou Resort.
Gathering of the Kings Luau on the Big Island
Learn all about the fascinating legends of Hawaii on our next stunning Big Island Luau. The Gathering of the Kings takes place on the scenic Kohala Coast at the Fairmont Orchid. You will be welcomed Island-style with a colorful lei and shown to your seats. Lunch is served on huge platters and you can sample famous delicacies like kalua pork, Hawaiian-style pork roasted in an underground oven, lomi-lomi salmon and papaya chicken. For the kids, favorites like macaroni and cheese or chicken fingers are also on offer. End your meal with a scrumptious warm Hawaiian chocolate pudding or honey cake. Unlimited drinks are available from the open bar. After your meal, you will be entertained with breathtaking stories of the legends, culture and history of ancient Polynesia, all told in dance and music with fabulous performers, lighting and vibrant costumes. The perfect way to start your vacation! Tour lasts for about 3.5 hours, departs from and returns to the Plantation Estates at the Fairmont Orchid.
Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island
If you are looking for a great cost-effective night out, set off to the see the amazing Te 'E'a O Te Turama Hula Halau show, it is free! The show is held at the Shops at Mauna Lani and lasts for about 30 to 45 minutes. It is filled with vibrant dances, story telling and makes a great way to get immersed in the culture of the Island and learn about its fascinating history. Enjoy a traditional dinner at one of the many restaurants before the time and then settle down for the show. Be there early to ensure to get a seat, there are no bookings! Be awed as skilled performers do the fire dance and then listen to legends of the Polynesian culture acted out by young enthusiastic local performers. This show is ideal for the whole family and kids will be enthralled. End your evening learning how to do the Hula dance, all ages welcome! Take some photos with the actors as a special reminder of this spectacular evening.
Legends of the Pacific Luau
The next Big Island Luau not to be missed is the Legends of the Pacific Luau. This fabulous evening filled with vibrant dances, colorful costumes and thrilling stories will delight the whole family. The event takes place at the Kamehameha Court at the oceanfront resort on the Kohala Coast. Settle down under the stars and get ready for a breathtaking evening. Hear the epic cultural stories of Hawaii as they are told with acting and dancing. Learn about the the ancient arts of Coconut Husking and Kapa Stamping. Be awed as drums beat out exotic tales and fire dancers jump, turn and twist with blazing flames on fire-sticks. Enjoy a delectable meal of traditional fare with tempting dishes like kalua pig, fresh island fish, roast chicken with mango and green peppercorn sauce and loads of tropical fruits and salads. Wash it down with a refreshing Mai Tai or a Keiki cocktail for the kids. Make sure you buy a local hand made piece from the craftsmen to take home as a souvenir.
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Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau
Party for hours at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel at the North Side, Luau Grounds, when you join this stunning Big Island Luau. The food is scrumptious, the dancers are vibrant and the vibe will be remembered for ever! Learn all about the fascinating culture and history of the Islands as they are enacted with dance and music. While you watch the show, enjoy a dinner of traditional food like kalua pig, island fish, lomi salmon, sashimi with heaps of pineapple and papaya. Kids will be enthralled by the knife and fire dancers and everyone, including Grandma, can learn to do the Hula. End your evening with a walk along the beach to spot the stingrays swimming inland and then watch the sun set over the ocean in this tropical paradise. Take your complimentary shell lei or necklace home as a reminder!